Allied Warships

HMS Comorin (F 49)

Armed Merchant Cruiser


Comorin at Hobart, Tasmania, Australia on 25 March 1926.

Photograph with thanks to Mick Hickson, Australia.

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeArmed Merchant Cruiser
Class[No specific class] 
PennantF 49 
Built byBarclay, Curle & Co. Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched31 Oct 1924 
Commissioned30 Dec 1939 
Lost6 Apr 1941 
Loss position54° 34'N, 21° 20'W
History

On 5 September 1939 the passenger ship Comorin of the P. & O. Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to an armed merchant cruiser. Conversion was completed on 30 December 1939.

Displacement: 15116 BRT
Armament: 7x 152mm, 2x 76mm
Speed: 17 knots

Career:
January, 40 - April 40: South Atlantic Station
May 40: Bermuda Convoy Escort Force
February 41: South Atlantic Station
March 41 - April 41: Freetown Escort Force

On 6 April 1941 HMS Comorin (Capt. John Ignatius Hallett, DSO, RN (retired)) caught fire in heavy weather in the North Atlantic and had to be abandoned. 20 dead and 455 survivors. The wreck was shelled and sunk in position 54º34'N, 21º20'W the next day by the British destroyer HMS Lincoln (G 42).

 

Commands listed for HMS Comorin (F 49)

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CommanderFromTo
1Capt. (retired) John Ignatius Hallett, DSO, RN14 Sep 19396 Apr 1941
2A/Capt. (retired) Christopher Henry Petrie, RN30 Sep 1939Oct 1939

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